Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid has announced that it has officially signed Japanese teenage sensation Takefusa Kubo.
He'll play for its Castilla reserve team next season in the third division of the country's league.
The club says Kubo is one of the most promising young footballers in the world. It described him as technically gifted and a "hugely talented" attacking midfielder.
Spanish media are reporting that Kubo has been offered a five-year contract, with an annual salary of about one million euros.
The young midfielder shot to fame at the age of 10 when he signed for Real Madrid's great rival, FC Barcelona. He played in their academy for three years, and his dribbling skills earned him the nickname "the Japanese Messi."
But he was forced to leave the club in 2015, after Barcelona was found to have violated regulations on the international transfer of youth players.
Kubo returned to Japan and signed with FC Tokyo, making his professional debut in 2017.
He turned 18 earlier this month, making him old enough to return to Europe. Several outlets say he had already entered negotiations with a number of top teams.
He recently became the second-youngest player ever to debut for the Japanese national team.
He's also in the squad that will take part in this month's Copa America in Brazil.